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The Lucky Culture And The Rise Of An Australian Ruling Class

2.92  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  12 reviews
A bold and provocative book about Australia's national identity and a plea to keep Australia's famed open-mindedness, Cater tracks the seismic changes in Australian culture and outlook since Donald Horne published THE LUCKY COUNTRY in 1964. 'A great book.' Rupert Murdoch A bold and provocative book about Australia's national identity and how it is threatened by the rise of ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by 4th Estate (first published May 1st 2013)
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Matt John
Jun 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
By the time I was finished this book I wanted to throw it out the window. This would have been a little silly to actually do considering I was mid-flight. But it made me mad.

Nick Cater argues that Australia is the land of the free. The land of endless opportunity, of self-development and improvement, available to anyone who works hard and wants to have a go. Yet in this discussion, he refers to the Australian "tertiary-educated middle class" with much distain and being the cause of all that is
Jul 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up, kindle, politics
A truly awful book. Mostly anecdotal and mostly repetitive but yet it never makes the case there is "an Australian Ruling Class" of the type Nick Cater suggests. There is a PC culture but does it actually have the run of the place? I would contend that it does not. I would also contend that Australians have changed over the last 30 years but I would not put it down to more university graduates amongst us as Cater has. A book is not bad because it disagrees with you but rather that it just does ...more
Jun 24, 2013 rated it liked it
The Lucky Culture (2013) by Nick Cater is a curious book. It’s a well read, conservative English immigrant’s view of Australia that concentrates on the cultural change in Australia and in particular on the Australian Left since WWII.
The Lucky Culture looks at how the dramatic rise in University graduates has altered Australia. Cater looks at how the ALP is now a weird fusion of fairly poorly off people and inner-city left wing university graduates.
The details in the book are the most
Toni Kely-Brown
What I thought would be an interesting read was boring, repetitive and disjointed. The author talks about an Australian ruling class as a result of more university graduates over the last generation or so - a politically correct class who are taking over the country. That they are ruining the "lucky country" of Australia because of their progressive ideas. That Australia was once some paradise but that's being eroded away by these university educated "know-it-alls". I honestly gave up half-way ...more
Ben Scobie
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'll admit I felt queasy reading through the first few pages of this and realising I had inadvertently started a book from a right-wing "The Australian" journalist... but I stuck with it.
This book is particularly fascinating post-Trump/Brexit - much of what the author talks about might seem logical now seeing how politics is shifting. I would guess the author is sitting somewhere right now saying "told you so!"
A good combination of history, politics and judgement. Not my side of politics, but
The Hanged Man
Sep 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Andrew Carr
May 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Nick Cater is rightly concerned that some people on the left in Australia allow their disagreements with ideologies to become dislikes of people who hold those ideologies. The only problem is that Nick Cater also dislikes these people he disagrees with.

This is a profoundly un-selfconscious book. Cater seems genuine in his concern about the changing country, but he has only one big causal factor (university education has caused the raft of social changes since the 1970s in Australia), which even
Gabrielle Trenbath
Jul 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I know lots of people don’t like this book for various reasons but I have to say that I didn’t mind it. There were some things of it that I found interesting, especially in regards to plotting the intellectual history of Australia and the comparison of early Australia to America. But there lots of things I disagreed with. I don’t think Nick Carter really understands the modern reality of who goes to university and why. Not everyone that enters university is there for or will receive what is ...more
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: culture, australia
Read this after seeing it was on the holiday reading list of a number of our politicians. It both essentially references and updates Donald Horne's original "The Lucky Country" and provides and interesting insight from Nick Cater, born in the UK but who has been here since 1989, as to the changes in our culture. It covers religion, politics and the rise in the percentage of university qualified people in society - and what these mean for our future. We may be able to continue to rely on some ...more
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a great read; it had some weaknesses, but was really well written. The re-revisionism of Australian political/cultural history in this book is long overdue and deserves a wide readership. It has sent the moralistic left wing into a frenzy! Cater has a rose-coloured understanding of progress in Western history (some have called it 'Whig-ish'), and this comes through quite a bit in the early chapters. Apart from that, well done sir!
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Written by a very right wing person me thinks.. Whilst the concepts are sound I think there's some fatal flaws. I think egalitarianism is the myth large corporates perpetuate to ensure the status quo remains.
Paul Ryan
Sep 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
A conclusion desperately searching for supporting argument.
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